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UM Awarded NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Grant

From left, Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., M.Sc., Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and  Christopher Mader.

From left, Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., M.Sc., Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and Christopher Mader.

A team of University of Miami researchers is part of a trio of institutions that have been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a Center to integrate and analyze large and diverse datasets of cellular signatures as part of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. The award, of which there is only one in the nation, is to create a Data Coordination and Integration Center for the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) program, which is a large-scale effort to study the molecular underpinnings of disease compared with healthy cellular programming.

Leading the UM team is Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology at the Miller School and Chemoinformatics Program Leader at UM’s Center for Computational Science (CCS). “This award is the result of years of research,” said Schürer, who was involved in the LINCS pilot phase as principal investigator of one of the Computational Centers previously funded by the NIH. “Our Center will facilitate the processing of enormous amounts of data that will lead researchers across a broad spectrum to make key discoveries

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From left are McKnight Foundation trustees Melanie Cianciotto, Nina Ellenbogen Raim, M.D., J.D., Gene Ryerson, M.D., J. Lee Dockery, M.D., Michael Dockery, M.D. (back), and Henry Raattama, J.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Seated is Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

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Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology Presented to Dr. Alan W. Heldman

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Allan E. Rodriguez, M.D., left, and Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Infectious Disease Researchers Awarded $1.2 Million to Integrate HIV Primary Care in Community Healthcare Settings

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